Charly Evon Simpson

Charly Evon Simpson

Charly Evon Simpson is a playwright from New York City. Her plays include Jump, Scratching the Surface, Hottentotted, Behind the Sheet, While We Wait, and who we let in. Her work has been seen, heard, and/or developed with National New Play Network at its Kennedy Center MFA Playwright’s Workshop, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ars Nova, The Flea, Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival, FringeNYC, and...
Charly Evon Simpson is a playwright from New York City. Her plays include Jump, Scratching the Surface, Hottentotted, Behind the Sheet, While We Wait, and who we let in. Her work has been seen, heard, and/or developed with National New Play Network at its Kennedy Center MFA Playwright’s Workshop, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ars Nova, The Flea, Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival, FringeNYC, and others. She is a member of the 2017 Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm and the 17/18 Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writers’ Group. She is The Pack’s current playwright-in-residence and is currently working on commissions from the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project and The Flea. Charly was a Philadelphia Dramatists Center Playwright-in-Residence at Plays & Players Theatre and is a former member of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, Pipeline Theatre Company’s PlayLab, and Fresh Ground Pepper’s PlayGround PlayGroup. She graduated from Brown University and holds a MSt in Women’s Studies from University of Oxford, New College, and a MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College.

Plays

  • Jump
    Jump is about flickering lights, vapes that fall from the sky, old homes, and a young woman who finds solace on a bridge.
  • Scratching the Surface
    Scratching the Surface is a play about one woman’s nightmare, one couple’s dream, and the nice woman next door to likes to stop by with pies.
  • form of a girl unknown
    Amali is a 12-year-old girl who is finds herself on the edge of womanhood and is having trouble navigating her new world. Her mom's always busy and her sister is about to have a baby of her own. Her friend, Marina, has ditched her, but her new best friend ,Finn, is always there to listen--until he can't take it anymore. Her fascination with her changing body is one thing, but her fascination with the...
    Amali is a 12-year-old girl who is finds herself on the edge of womanhood and is having trouble navigating her new world. Her mom's always busy and her sister is about to have a baby of her own. Her friend, Marina, has ditched her, but her new best friend ,Finn, is always there to listen--until he can't take it anymore. Her fascination with her changing body is one thing, but her fascination with the story of siblings killed in the woods is another thing entirely.
  • Behind the Sheet
    Philomena is a pregnant slave woman assisting her owner, Dr. George Barry, as he tries to find the cure for fistulas. Everything changes when she has to become one of his patients. This is a play based on the story of Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey and Dr. J Marion Sims.
  • it's not a trip it's a journey
    june needs to go on a journey so she convinces three friends to join her on a road trip west. a play about tumbleweed, friendship, being black, and needing to soothe something you don’t always have the words for.
  • While We Wait
    Letters and airplane tickets fall from the sky. Memories, like snowflakes, float in on a breeze. Grace waits for an email to come. James waits to send it. And as they wait, they replay memories, imagine futures, and deal with an uncomfortable present.
  • Hottentotted
    Hottentotted is a play created for and by black women. It is about acknowledging the history our bodies hold, the history held in bodies that look like ours, the history we try to avoid. Inspired by interviews and workshops held over the past few years, Hottentotted is about diverse black women sitting in a room together, learning about the Hottentot Venus and sharing painful, funny, infuriating, hopeful...
    Hottentotted is a play created for and by black women. It is about acknowledging the history our bodies hold, the history held in bodies that look like ours, the history we try to avoid. Inspired by interviews and workshops held over the past few years, Hottentotted is about diverse black women sitting in a room together, learning about the Hottentot Venus and sharing painful, funny, infuriating, hopeful stories because we think the others just might understand. It is a glimpse into the lives of some black women in the United States today, an opportunity to discuss what is usually kept quiet.
  • The History of Colors
    The History of Colors is about a year in the life of Jolene, the oldest of four sisters, who takes the lead on fixing up a little shack on a lake that she and her sisters have inherited. The play shows the sisters and the shack in each season and shows how Jolene sees it all a bit differently.
  • or what she will
    Twins Willa and Faulkner share everything, including their parents’ love of literature. At age 13, they are old souls yet still secretly believe in fantastical worlds…a storm rolls in…waves crash…FLASH…an empty playground…a man walks by…FLASH… Sometimes a moment changes everything.